The English Constitution
A classic study of the British constitution, paying special attention to how Parliament and the monarchy work. The author frequently draws comparisons with the American Constitution, being generally critical of the American system of government.
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... Parliamentary Government . I have endeavoured to explain how difficult it is for
inexperienced mankind to take to such a government ; how much more natural ,
that is , how much more easy to uneducated men is loyalty to a monarch .
in conceiving of a purely Parliamentary republic , of a monarchy minus the
monarch , we must not think of it as much more . It is too singular in its nature and
too peculiar in its accidents to be a guide to anything except itself . In this essay I
Every instructed theologian would say that it was the duty of a person born under
a Republic as much to obey that Republic as it is the duty of one born under a
Monarchy to obey the monarch . But the mass of the English people do not think
The Pretender , it was said , was not legitimate , though the birth was proved by
evidence which any Court of Justice would have accepted . The English people
were “ out of ” a sacred monarch , and so they tried very hard to make a new one .
When a monarch can bless , it is best that he should not be touched . It should be
evident that he does no wrong . He should not be brought too closely to real
measurement . He should be aloof and solitary . As the functions of English
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Walter Bagehot was editor of the Economist and his name is still on the weekly page about England. This book describes the English Constitution and compares it favorably with the United States Constitution. Read full review